Winner of the CWA International Dagger Award 2013. In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prévost - beautiful, resourceful, tough - may be no ordinary victim, but her time is running out. Commandant Camille Verhoeven and his detectives have nothing to go on: no suspect, no lead, rapidly diminishing hope. All they know is that a girl was snatched off the streets of Paris and bundled into a white van. The enigma that is the fate of Alex will keep Verhoeven guessing until the bitter, bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.
A gripping addition to Lemaitre''s award-winning Paris trilogy - Irene , Alex and Camille Jean Garnier lives on the fringes - a lonely nobody who has lost everything dear to him. His girlfriend was killed in an unexplained accident, his mother has just been sent to prison - he has even lost his job after the sudden death of his boss. In one last, desperate cry for help, Jean sets up seven lethal bombs, hidden all over Paris and timed so that one will explode every 24 hours. After the first detonation, Jean gives himself up to the police. He has one simple demand: his mother must be released, or the daily explosions will continue. Camille Verhoeven is faced with a race against time to uncover the secrets of this troubled young man and avert a massive human disaster. Lemaitre''s Camille Verhoeven Trilogy - Alex , Irene and Camille - has been a multiple winner of the CWA International Dagger. Translated from the French by Frank Wynne
@2@@20@Now @21@@20@a major French film @21@@20@@18@Au revoir l@19@@18@à@19@@18@-haut - @19@@21@@20@Prix Goncourt-winning masterpiece by the writer who brought you @18@Alex@19@, @18@Irène@19@ and @18@Camille@19@@21@@20@.@21@@16@@20@@21@@16@@20@October 1918: the war on the Western Front is all but over. Desperate for one last chance of promotion, the ambitious Lieutenant Henri d'Aulnay Pradelle sends two scouts over the top, and secretly shoots them in the back to incite his men to heroic action once more.@21@@3@@2@And so is set in motion a series of devastating events that will inextricably bind together the fates and fortunes of Pradelle and the two soldiers who witness his crime: Albert Maillard and édouard Pericourt.@3@@2@Back in civilian life, Albert and édouard struggle to adjust to a society whose reverence for its dead cannot quite match its resentment for those who survived. But the two soldiers conspire to enact an audacious form of revenge against the country that abandoned them to penury and despair, with a scheme to swindle the whole of France on an epic scale.@3@@2@Meanwhile, believing her brother killed in action, édouard's sister Madeleine has married Pradelle, who is running a little scam of his own...@3@@2@@20@Translated from the French by Frank Wynne@21@@3@
@2@Alain Delambre is a 57-year-old former HR executive, drained by four years of hopeless unemployment.@3@@2@All he is offered are small, demoralizing jobs. He has reached his very lowest ebb, and can see no way out.@3@@2@So when a major company finally invites him to an interview, Alain Delambre is ready to do anything, borrow money, shame his wife and his daughters and even participate in the ultimate recruitment test: a role-playing game that involves hostage-taking.@3@@2@Alain Delambre commits body and soul in this struggle to regain his dignity.@3@@2@But if he suddenly realised that the dice had been loaded against him from the start, his fury would be limitless.@3@@2@And what began as a role-play game could quickly become a bloodbath.@3@
@2@@20@Sophie is haunted by the things she can't remember - and visions from the past she will never forget.@21@@3@@2@One morning, she wakes to find that the little boy in her care is dead. She has no memory of what happened. And whatever the truth, her side of the story is no match for the evidence piled against her.@3@@2@ Her only hiding place is in a new identity. A new life, with a man she has met online.@3@@2@ But Sophie is not the only one keeping secrets . . .@3@@2@For fans of @20@Gone Girl@21@ and Lemaitre's own internationally bestselling @20@Alex@21@, @20@Blood Wedding@21@ is a compelling psychological thriller with a formidable female protagonist.@3@@2@@20@Translated from the French by Frank Wynne@21@@3@
@2@@20@LONGLISTED FOR THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER 2018@21@@3@@2@Antoine is twelve years old. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small, backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone's business, and nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour's dog. From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour's six year old son are bound forever.@3@@2@In the years following Remi's disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession. But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again?@3@@2@@20@Translated from the French by Frank Wynne@21@@3@
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October 1918. The war on the Western Front is all butover for most soldiers - except the ambitious Lieutenant Henri d'AulnayPradelle. Desperate for one last chance of promotion, Pradelle sends two scoutsover the top, and secretly shoots them in the back to incite his men to heroicaction once more. When Albert Maillard realises how the two soldiersmust have died, Pradelle is ready to go to any lengths to silence him. Pushedinto a shell hole and buried alive, Albert is left to face a horrific death -or he is until another soldier, édouard Pericourt digs him out in the nick oftime, loosing half his face to a piece of flying shrapnel for his troubles. So the fates and fortunes of this unlikely pair arebound together. Back in civilian life, both struggle to adjust to a society whosereverence for its dead cannot quite match its resentment for those whosurvived. But Albert and édouard conspire to enact an audaciousform of revenge against the country that abandoned them - first to the trenchesand then to penury and despair - with a scheme to swindle the whole of Franceon an epic scale. Meanwhile, believing her brother killed in action,édouard's sister Madeleine has married Henri d'Aulnay Pradelle, who is runninga little scam of his own...